El Nino in Full Effect

December 13, 2018 | By: Kelsie Stelting

At the beginning of the season, we wrote about all the things we are excited about, including some improvements at the ski areas and the expected El Nino winter. An El Nino prediction bodes well for skiers because it means more snow!

New Mexico ski areas are already seeing increased snowfall. According to an article in Albuquerque Business First, Ski Santa Fe has already received 85 percent of its 2017 snowfall. Similarly, Angel Fire Resort has seen 60 percent of last year’s snowfall.

Not only does this mean better conditions for a day on the slope, but the added precipitation benefits the areas as well with extra tourism. When the resorts can stay open longer, the surrounding towns can continue to benefit from tourism. Dash Hegemen with Taos Ski Valley reported the resort saw a 300 percent increase in visitations over the previous year!

With all the hype surrounding this year’s season and increased snowfall, it’s more important than ever to book ahead for important dates! Whether you’re planning a big family vacation or trying to get in some skiing on a holiday weekend, make sure your travel and accommodations are booked in advance.

Ski New Mexico provides an up-to-date snow report on the website, sharing information about the base, number of runs open, weather, and more. With the extra snowfall, bases are ranging from 15 inches at Pajarito Mountain to 35 inches at Taos Ski Valley.

Keep checking the snow report and sign up for our email newsletter to get updated information about the cumulative snowfall and other conditions.


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